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Red Cross seeks heroes to honor at annual breakfast

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff

The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for some heroes.

The Red Cross needs the public’s help in finding several people to honor at its 16th Annual Real Heroes Award Breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at Jeff’s Catering & Event Center in Brewer.

But help is needed quickly, as the deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21.

There’s only two criteria for nominees.

First, the nominee must live, study ,or be employed in the chapter’s service territory, which is Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, Waldo, Knox, Hancock or Somerset counties. This service territory is one of the largest geographic regions of any Red Cross office east of the Mississippi River.

Second, the heroic act must have taken place between July 1 and Sept. 5, 2012.

What constitutes a heroic act? Awards will be considered in the following categories: public safety, life-saving, youth/community service, military, animal rescue, education, workplace safety, international service, medical provider/outreach, or environmental service/outreach.

“We usually accept five heroes for recognition, from life-saving to rendering of basic first aid to donating a significant number of units of blood over a lifetime,” explained Todd Nadeau, the chapter’s executive director. “Typically, it’s episodic life-saving events that rise to the level of this criteria.”

Visit to find complete award criteria and to make nominations.

“A committee of local civic leaders will review and vet the nominees and come up with five very deserving candidates,” Nadeau said.

Why hold such a breakfast? Darlene MacLeod, board president of the Pine Tree chapter, said, “Every day, our neighbors commit truly heroic acts that impact Mainers’ lives and strengthen the fabric of our community in a dramatic way. Most often, these selfless acts receive little fanfare. Please, join us in offering a much-deserve salute to these ‘real heroes’ among us.”

The breakfast serves a second purpose as well as the largest fund-raising event for the chapter. All proceeds benefit the Local Disaster Relief Fund.

“It’s important for the Red Cross to sustain the services we provide for the communities we serve,” Nadeau added.

The event, co-hosted by WABI-TV5, offers a range of sponsorship opportunities to area businesses and individuals, ranging in price from $25 to $7,500.

For more information about the breakfast,contact Nadeau at (207) 941-2903, ext. 101, or

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